Every student needs a chance to succeed, including those with special needs and learning disabilities. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, and running through Thursday, Oct. 18, Elizabeth City State University will host a two-day seminar focusing on integrated teaching methods for students with learning disabilities.
According to Dr. Jacqueline Huff of the ECSU Office of Disability Services, Landmark College will present the program that focuses on disabilities including dyslexia, ADHD, and ASD. Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia, according to Dr. Huff.
According to Landmark College, students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to the institution for its innovative educational model, one designed through research and practice to help all students who learn different become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.
Dr. Huff says that faculty, staff, administrators, and non-teaching staff are invited to the program. Participants will learn about university design: how to assist students with, and without, learning disabilities.
“(Students with) ADHD, dyslexia, teaching math to students who learn differently, and how to engage the inactive learner as well as how to apply information to co-curricular activities,” said Dr. Huff, adding that the program is relevant to those who teach, those who conduct workshops or seminars, and those who supervise students.
This free event will include the following sessions:
- 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Universal Design in the Classroom and Beyond. Universal Design provides an alternative approach that is based on developing educational experiences aimed at supporting of the broadest range of learners possible. This session will introduce participates to Universal Design and help educators redesign their classrooms and content to better meet the needs of a more diverse student body.
- 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Understanding Student Learning Profiles. This session will look at neurodiverse student profiles and offer an overview of dyslexia, ADHD, and autism; the teenage brain; executive function and cognitive load.
- 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Teaching Math to Students Who Learn Differently. This session will focus on providing participants with an understanding of why students struggle in math, how to help students advocate for their needs, and ways to improve learner’s understanding of and performance in math.
- 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Activating the Inactive Learner. This session will discuss why many students, despite having the ability to engage, are inactive in the classroom.
- 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Serving Students Who Learn Differently in the Co-curriculum. This session will explore how administrators and staff can ensure that students who learn differently are provided with access to co-curricular offerings.
- 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Introducing Supportive Study Skills. Drawing from current understanding of neural circuitry and neurodiversity of the adolescent and young adult learner, this session will present novel ways to look at study skills as a dynamic developmental process.
The program is free and open to all educators. All sessions will be held at the K.E. White Center unless otherwise announced.